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Measure Management & DAX Editor

Anyone who uses PowerBI long enough has had a PBIX with 50-60 measures and it has become time consuming and tedious to mantain. In Excel you can do a quick find/replace to edit several formulas - in PowerBI you need to select each one individually. An "excel-like" interface for editing measures would save a lot of time! This would take PowerBI to the next level regarding productivity. I've prepared a mockup for this as well as a DAX Editor. Let me know what you think.

Mockup: https://i.imgur.com/z6TBOQb.png?1

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      • Ben commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Also, please add a feature to show "Unused Measures". That will help a lot with cleanup.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Great work on the mockup. TBH I don't know why Microsoft doesn't implement this and let it be the editor for Analysis Services models as well (though there are still missing features). Convert Power BI Desktop to an Electron app and build some integrations with Azure!

      • Olivier Travers commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Really nice Work DaveG with your mockup. This is a good example of how PBI Desktop's UI doesn't scale well with volume.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I think display folders should be included in "measure management." This feature is already available in the Tabular model -- Power BI just does not utilize it. You can manually script it into your Power BI models but it's not supported OOTB.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Very good idea, the process of adding and changing measures is way to tedious at the moment. I really hope this get's picked up quickly.

      • DaveG commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Great point Michael! What may also be handy is to have a toggle like in Excel to temporarily disable re-calculations until all your edits are done. This way you can make all your edits and not have to wait for the model to re-calculate after each edit.

      • Michael commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Great idea! Plus creating a new measure in my model takes over 3 mins before I can start typing. Imaging if I make a typo or syntax error on top of that? Im pushing 8-9 mins if I make a mistake.

      • DaveG commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Thank you for all those who have voted so far!

        If any Microsoft Teams are reading this I'd like to note that when I mention "excel-like" interface - it does not need any fancy functionality - a simple editable table like shown in the mockup would be an enormous time saver. Further functionality can be added later (like tracing dependents, formula drag-down, DAX syntax coloring, etc), but this basic editable table would be a 1000x improvement compared to clicking each measure individually. Imagine needing to create 50 measures: currently you need to press "Create new measure" and edit the formula each one at a time. With this proposed design you can create them once in PowerBI OR quickly in a table in Excel, and then simply paste them all into the existing PBIX or any other going forward. This would make collaborating between team members much easier, as well as allow you to seamlessly create standardized measure templates for all team members to use. Thanks for reading.

      • DaveG commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        One huge benefit that this measure management system solves that is not mentioned above is it allows users to easily copy ALL measures and calculated columns from one PBIX to another. They can also be extracted to an Excel file for easy reference.

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